1943 Supermarine Spitfire IX (S/N MH603 VH-IXF) has hit the market. The listing states (in part):
Built for the RAF, MH603 rolled off the Vickers-Armstrong production line in Castle Bromwich during the spring of 1943 and delivered to 39 MU (Maintenance Unit) on 15 October that same year. She then passed onto 405 RSU (Repair and Salvage Unit) at Croydon on 25 October 1943. The Spitfire commenced Operational Service with 331 (Norwegian) Squadron on 3 January 1944 and served operationally coded FN*B (as she is marked today) and flown by Capt. Bjorn Bjornstad, then transferred to 274 Squadron and coded JJ*K on 2 June 1944 where she was flown by Warr Off O.S.G Baker. The Spitfire is noted as going to Fighter Leader’s School, FLS Millfield on 21 August 1944 and then to the Central Fighter Establishment (CFE) Tangmere on 1 June 1945. Following its operational service, the aircraft passed through a number of training and maintenance units.
The aircraft reportedly has 0 hrs since a “comprehensive 100 point restoration by Vintage Fighter Restorations, Scone, NSW, Australia circa 2009-2021.” The restoration was carried out to “the highest standard,” employing “all original British hardware, along with many NOS (new old stock) components and the fitting of new wing spars.” The Rolls Royce Merlin 70 also has 0 hrs SMOH by Air Sparrow Inc, as does the Rotol R12/4F5/5 propeller (0 hrs SPOH by Skycraft UK).
The machine is expected to return to the air in the fourth quarter of 2021. It is located in Scone, N.S.W. Australia and is available for £3,500,000. Click here to check out the listing.